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Sociology Ambassadors

Journey Riggs

Journey Riggs

Major: Sociology; Political Science

Classification: Senior

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Tips for success within your major and college: "Take advantage of your professor's office hours: Don't be afraid to ask for assistance or stop by just to introduce yourself. "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy": Make time for fun by joining different organizations on campus. Experience new things while making friends. Be present and active: Make sure you attend every Zoom session and class. If it's on Zoom, make sure your camera is on. Professors appreciate effort and participation!"

What I wish I knew as a freshmen: "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade". There are thousands of other college students your age going through the exact same experiences and emotions. As you start this new chapter of your life, take this time to discover your true self. Reflect on your relationships and find what you are passionate about."

A campus office or service I recommend: "The Writing Center (SAGE HALL 150): The staff is very friendly and supportive. They will do their best to answer all of your questions and help you succeed."

Career goals: "After I obtain my Master's degree in Sociology, I will pursue a career in the field of medical social work."

Hobbies: "Some of my personal hobbies include singing karaoke, swimming, obsessing over boy bands, being super competitive at board and card games, and crying at romantic comedies."

Shaun Vine

Shaun Vine

Major: Sociology

Classification: Senior


Tips for success within your major and college: "Hello, and welcome to UNT. My name is Shaun, and all of my tips for success have to do with managing personal perceptions of what University is for. My connecting my coursework to specific aspects of my life now, and not a future career I may one day hold, I became a stronger student and classes became infinitely more enjoyable."

What I wish I knew as a freshmen: "Firstly, I wish someone had told me as a freshman that it is ok to be unsure. I spent so many semesters forcing myself to lock into a Major I was really happy with because I wasn't sure where I'd go if I changed. I felt this paralysis because I viewed my education purely as a ticket for a fancy job; I do not recommend that approach. I was unhappy and disinterested and it caused my grades to suffer. Developing relationships with faculty and peers is what changed that outlook for me."

A campus office or service I recommend: "Use office hours! Faculty are amazing people who have tremendous insight into both the collage experience and what comes after. If you aren't sure, and you admit it, they can help you. For me time with instructors helped shape my perspective on what my degree would give me, and a job was not the answer I came away with."

Career goals: "I am an older student, and already have a career. What my degree is actively providing me with is personal growth. My goal is to become an increasingly better version of myself in every part of my life, and university can help greatly with that."

Hobbies: "My studies have made me a better leader and communicator at work, and a more caring and competitive player at Magic the Gathering tournaments."